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18. April 2017

iPhone SE Display Parts Constrained, Apple May Do Full Device Replacements Instead of Repairs

Display repair components for the iPhone SE are in short supply at Apple Stores right now, so customers who need their iPhone SE display fixed may receive a replacement device instead.

According to a retail source that shared the news with MacRumors, employees have been told that display parts are constrained until further notice, and it’s not known how long it will be until display components are more widely available. Stores that have no display repair components on hand will outright replace iPhone SE models in need of repair.

The reason behind the component constraint is unclear, as Apple did not provide details to employees.

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13. April 2017

This Functional iPhone 6s Was Built Entirely From Spare Parts Bought in China

Former software engineer Scotty Allen wanted to find out if it was possible to build an iPhone entirely from spare parts, so he decided to visit Shenzhen, China to see if he could collect all the requisite pieces.

As it turns out, it is indeed possible to build an iPhone from scratch using a hodgepodge of parts, as Allen demonstrates in the video below.

He built a like-new 16GB iPhone 6s using components that were purchased in the cell phone parts markets of Huaqiangbei, China. The finished iPhone 6s is fully functional and comes complete with a working Touch ID Home button because the logic board and the Home button were purchased together.

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5. September 2016

Apple Hikes Order Volumes for iPhone 7 Parts in Wake of Samsung Recall

Apple has reportedly increased upward orders for parts and components required for the production of the upcoming iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, according to sources from the supply chain in Taiwan (via DigiTimes).

Apple shipped 30 million iPhone 6s units a month on average in the second half of 2015, with the company originally predicting that shipments of the iPhone 7 this year would reach only 60 percent of that number over the same period. Supply chain sources are today reporting that Apple has boosted its original prediction by 10 percent.

Dummy mockups of iPhone 7 handsets A 10 percent hike in order volumes suggests Apple is increasingly upbeat about demand for the new [...]

 
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20. August 2016

Taiwan Component Makers Refuse to Lower Quotes For iPhone 7 Parts

Apple’s demand that overseas suppliers lower their quotes for iPhone 7 parts and components has been met with resistance from makers, according to Taiwanese website DigiTimes.

Apple is said to have asked downstream part and component suppliers, excluding TSMC and Largan Precision, to reduce their quotes for iPhone 7 devices by as much as 20 percent, even though order volumes for new phones are reportedly 30 percent lower than those placed a year earlier.

Apple is reportedly using the rising handset supply chain in China to force Taiwan-based companies to make their quotes more competitive. However, DigiTimes suggests Apple’s policy of squeezing out [...]

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